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Rolling Stone Says Trust In Rape Accuser 'Was Misplaced'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

Rolling Stone says it should have tried harder to verify the story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Editors now say they didn't talk to the men who were accused.

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'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

Were you taught in school that it should be "10 items or fewer," which would make "10 items or less" a glaring grammatical error? Or are you in the "or less" crowd? It's a divisive topic.

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Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

After a rough start, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are winning. ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that off the court, James has been outspoken on political issues.

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Mourners Decry Police Shooting Of Akai Gurley In Brooklyn

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

Akai Gurley was an unarmed black man killed by a police officer last month. Many of those who attended his wake in Brooklyn Friday night see his killing as fitting into a pattern of police conduct.

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Thousands Flee As Typhoon Menaces The Philippines

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

A powerful cyclone is tracking its way to the Philippines. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from reporter Aurora Almendral, in Manila.

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Broadway Musicals Return To Havana

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

A half-century after such shows were banned by the Castro government, rehearsals are underway for a Spanish-language production of the rock musical Rent.

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Obama Appointees Could Become Targets For GOP Ire

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

Two nominees to President Obama's cabinet await Senate confirmation hearings. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about their prospects.

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NOLA Police: Body Cameras Provide Important Evidence

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 03:47

Police officers in New Orleans started wearing cameras this spring. Independent police monitor Susan Hutson tells NPR's Scott Simon about how the NOPD's camera implementation is going.

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 02:47

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 02:47

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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American Hostage In Yeman Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 01:19

An American journalist held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year was killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

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Half A Million Flee To Shelters As Super Typhoon Nears Philippines

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 20:26

Typhoon Hagupit is projected to slam the archipelago early today, hitting an area still recovering from a November 2013 typhoon that killed 7,300. This storm could drop 2 feet of rain in some areas.

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Weekly Wrap: Gentrification and and the jobs report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 16:00

Joining Kai to talk about the week's news is Fortune's Leigh Gallagher and Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville. First up, we widen the scope of our "York & Fig" series to look at gentrification on a national scale. Then: we look at Friday's "unambiguously good" jobs report.

York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:05

For 23 years, Frank Cordova owned a little shop on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It’s one of those shops that sold a bit of everything: Shampoo, car speakers, picture frames, dictionaries, all at a deep discount. Frank had been behind the counter, selling this stuff every day since 1991, when he hired a mariachi band to play at his grand opening.

In all the years since, he’d taken no vacations, no sick days, no days off for anniversaries or birthdays. His motto: “If it’s raining you come to work. If it’s sunny you come to work. If it’s cold you come to work. If it’s windy you come to work. No matter how it is, you always come to work.”

That is, until the day you don’t.

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York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:05

For 23 years, Frank Cordova owned a little shop on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It’s one of those shops that sold a bit of everything: Shampoo, car speakers, picture frames, dictionaries, all at a deep discount. Frank had been behind the counter, selling this stuff every day since 1991, when he hired a mariachi band to play at his grand opening.

In all the years since, he’d taken no vacations, no sick days, no days off for anniversaries or birthdays. His motto: “If it’s raining you come to work. If it’s sunny you come to work. If it’s cold you come to work. If it’s windy you come to work. No matter how it is, you always come to work.”

That is, until the day you don’t.

Read the rest of this story at YorkAndFig.com

After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:03

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 13:02

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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Changing neighborhoods: York & Fig

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:53

Marketplace Weekend goes from New York  to a special satellite bureau set up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. An entire team of Marketplace reporters and producers spent four months there, at the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The name of this project is York and Fig. It's an area undergoing rapid gentrification. There are obvious changes in the neighborhood, and more subtle stuff you only learn from close careful observation. Krissy Clark of Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty desk, spoke with Lizzie O'Leary about her reporting. 

Delivering Health Care To The Uninsured For $15 A Pop

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:30

How do you get dental care or new glasses when you don't have insurance and you live hours from medical facilities? Usually, you don't. A documentary tells the story of a group trying to change that.

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Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:19

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to have no new Ebola cases by Dec. 25. But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, the battle is far from over.

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